White House Accuses «Israel» of Betraying Trust
The White House accused the "Israeli" entity of a betrayal of trust Wednesday, in an unusually sharp rebuke over its plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes deep in the occupied West Bank.
Days after US President Barack Obama approved a $38 billion "Israeli" military aid package and attended former "Israeli" president Shimon Peres's funeral in al-Quds [Jerusalem], the White House railed at the construction of 300 settlement units on land "far closer to Jordan than 'Israel'."
Warning that the decision jeopardizes the already distant prospect of the so-called Middle East "peace" as well as the "Israeli" entity's own security, press secretary Josh Earnest said "Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's word had been called into question.
He said that the US received "public assurances" from the "Israeli" regime that contradicted the announcement.
"I guess when we're talking about how good friends treat one another, that's a source of serious concern as well," he added.
The sharper-than-normal comments came as the White House weighed a last-ditch effort to get the so-called "peace" process back on its feet before Obama leaves office in January.
While serious talks seemed unlikely, US officials are weighing the possibility of a major speech outlining the parameters for "peace".
A sharper tone over settlements now could help put the "Israeli" entity on notice that future ties are at risk and give Washington more credibility with Palestinians and their Arab allies.
The Middle East Quartet -- a contact group comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- issued a report in July calling on the apartheid entity to halt settlement building.
The 300 units the White House was referring to would constitute a new settlement in the heart of the West Bank, roughly halfway between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now.
Plans for 98 of the 300 units had so far been advanced, the group said.
Obama and Netanyahu have had an extremely difficult relationship during the last eight years.
The White House was apoplectic when the "Israeli" PM agreed to address the Republican-controlled Congress to lobby against Obama's signature nuclear deal with Iran.
Some considered that pandering to right-wing voters, others said it was Netanyahu showing his true colors.
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